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Specialist Occupational Therapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Substantive - 37.5 Hours Per Week

We are looking for an experienced mental health Occupational Therapist to join our Acute Therapy Team.

Our multi disciplinary acute therapy team covers 2 Acute Mental Health wards and 1 PICU unit. We consist of OT, physiotherapy, activity facilitators and a health and exercise practitioner. We take a person centred, recovery-based approach, have a leading role facilitating the safe and effective discharge and are a valued part of our in-patient services provision.

As a specialist OT you would provide high quality occupational therapy assessment, care planning, group and 1-1 interventions that promote independence and wellbeing within a restrictive setting. As part of the leadership team you would be expected to supervise junior OT colleagues, lead upon service improvements to effect change and drive quality.

An ideal candidate would be enthusiastic, motivated and responsive with great teamwork and leadership skills. We particularly welcome applications with excellent knowledge of models of practice, policy and quality standards, and experience of work with difficult to engage and complex clients.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

Demonstrate the principles of client centred practice and work in accordance with best practice, policy, the HCPC Standards of Proficiency and Royal College of Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics at all times.

Provide specialist assessments, therapeutic interventions and evaluate treatment for service users currently in receipt of in-patient mental health.

Effectively manage a caseload of clients with complex needs as an autonomous practitioner.

Provide leadership for junior staff, when appropriate, through supervision and appraisal.

Actively participate in service improvement, audit and the implementation of change.

Support practice placement education for OT Students and be willing to participate in training to practice placement educator training if necessary.

See job description for full extend of principal responsibilities - in terms of clinical, communication, documentation, health and safety, personal/professional development, appraisal/supervision and professional standards.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be part of a cohesive and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team. You will be involved in providing specialist occupational therapy assessment and treatment for individuals receiving in-patient care enabling service users to engage in a wide range of individual and group based treatment activities. You will be actively involved in the promotion of occupational therapy within the service area.

The post holder will be part of a well recognised service that places emphasis of staff support and professional development and you will be expected to participate in staff training and supervision.

Key Result Areas

  • To manage an individual caseload, providing Occupational Therapy assessments for service users receiving in-patient care and within the community, prioritising clinical needs and providing an effective service.
  • To work with service users to identify Occupational Therapy goals as part of the overall care plan, using occupational therapy assessment tools based on current evidence based best practice.
  • To plan and implement a client centred Occupational Therapy treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To demonstrate a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.
  • To be responsible for providing Occupational Therapy advice in the multidisciplinary team assessment of service users and carers to ensure that an integrated approach to assessment and treatment is achieved and maintained.
  • To work proactively alongside ward staff, community agencies and voluntary agencies to provide a seamless service for service users.
  • To maintain an effective communication network within the team, and to liaise with other agencies and disciplines from the voluntary and statutory sectors to ensure that service user needs are met.
  • To maintain up to date service user records and activity data in accordance with professional and Trust standards.
  • To provide an Occupational Therapy perspective in multi-disciplinary team meetings, ward rounds, clinics and case conferences as required.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Practice Education/Practice Assessor preparation certificate (or to achieve within 12 months)
    • Clinical supervisors training (or willingness to complete)
    • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge and expertise relevant to clinical area


    • Post graduate training relevant to mental health/learning disabilities

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
    • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)

    Personal Attributes


    • Enthusiastic, motivated, professional, resourceful, flexible and adaptable
    • Able to self direct and have good time management skills
    • Able to use tact/diplomacy and common sense
    • Committed to team working and providing the best possible patient care
    • Able to adapt to change and lead others as a positive change agent
    • Act as a positive role model to other members of the team
    • Able to provide leadership to the team and encourage reflection on practice
    • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role



    • COT Diploma, BSc/BA, MA Occupational Therapy
    • HCPC State Registration


    • Leadership/first line management certificate

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Specialist knowledge and application of Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions relevant to mental health/learning disabilities
    • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
    • Understanding of occupational therapy outcome measure
    • Detailed knowledge of current legislation/guidance, e.g. CPA Care Programme Approach, Risk assessment, and Management
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Able to work as part of a MDT and independently
    • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
    • Supervisory/appraisal skills
    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
    • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
    • Computer literacy
    • Ability to build effective working relationships
    • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application



    • Substantial post registration experience working in mental health/learning disabilities
    • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
    • Supervision of staff and students


    • Leadership/first line management experience
    • Experience of a range of mental health/learning disabilities settings

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Fieldhead Hospital,

    Ouchthorpe Lane,


    West Yorkshire,

    WF1 3SP

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